Covid news: UK adds Balearics, Malta and some Caribbean islands to travel green list






















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UK government announces revised red travel list

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The authorities in Hong Kong have re-classified Britain as a “very high-risk” country – moving it from the “high-risk” category – as delta variant continues to spread across the UK.

The new categorisation, which is to take effect on Monday 28 June, will mean that passengers from the UK to Hong Kong will have to go through an extended period of monitoring after arriving in the city. There will be no reduced quarantine period even for fully-vaccinated travellers. https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202106/24/P2021062400893.htm

Under the new rules, UK travellers will have to go through a 21-day compulsory quarantine at designated hotels, with four tests to be conducted during the period, followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period as well as compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival at any Community Testing Centre.

A negative result of a nucleic acid test conducted within 72 hours before the flight, and the confirmation of a room reservation in a designated quarantine hotel, will also be required for Hong Kong-bound UK travellers, the authorities said.

The announcement came as Hong Kong on Thursday confirmed a likely first community case involving the delta variant, breaking the city’s 16-day run of zero local infections.

The government said it is working to identify the source of the transmission and has put 180 people under quarantine.

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No change to Northern Ireland Amber list

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16 destinations added to Northern Ireland Green list

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Northern Ireland adds Balearics, Malta and some Caribbean islands to travel green list

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Sky News reckons the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, is expected to make an announcement about an easing of some travel restrictions in the next 10 minutes.

This is Matthew Weaver covering the blog for the next hour or so.








Portuguese PM hints at tighter Covid rules for tourists from UK

Boris Johnson’s plans to back summer holidays for the fully vaccinated faced a stumbling block as Portugal’s prime minister became the first EU leader to suggest he would abide by Berlin’s calls for tighter Covid restrictions on British tourists, my colleagues Daniel Boffey and Aubrey Allegretti report.

That’s all from me for today. My colleague Matthew Weaver is taking over now.

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